Then lets keep in touch. If we want to talk about doing something more than just surviving. There are recipes available online to satisfy the needs of most families. More recently, a new entity, non-celiac gluten sensitivity NCGS, with a still evolving definition and clinical spectrum, has been described . Or is it ok if he consumes foods that may have small traces? And its great you are doing it too Heidi. Most of us believe that we are eating and feeding our children a healthy diet. The bottom line is this… there is not ONE right way to treat this complex condition. Neal Barnard and Dr. It is difficult to know what a healthy diet is given all the conflicting information we are exposed to on a daily basis.
When my son’s preschool teacher called me and said that my three-year-old was so fidgety he kept falling off his chair, I felt like this was another level of challenge for this little one. He had been in the program for deaf children just a few weeks when I got the call. In the s, attention disorders were becoming more prominent and teachers were often at their wit’s end with how to manage these kids. At that time, I was a single mom with three little boys and two jobs and convenience was top priority for me. My boys ate Fruit Loops and Cap’n Crunch, Spaghetti O’s, boxed macaroni and cheese, along with lunchmeat and canned tuna. My youngest son was born deaf to the best of our knowledge and was a very picky eater. He was offered fruits and vegetables and was so tactically defensive that he gagged on anything with texture. He would only tolerate soft foods. Bologna and pancakes became his favorites. By age four, my son was being prescribed stimulants to control his hyperactive tendencies.
The pediatrician told me I was nuts, that there was NO evidence that was true. They diagnosed every foster child that entered our home with ADHD and wanted them on meds even though after a month or so of healthy eating habits, the symptoms disappeared!!! What I am saying is there are not enough parents out there advocating for and protecting their children by making informed choices. Gluten can be used as an ingredient in other foods, including prepared foods such as soups, sauces, salad dressings, and cereals. Therefore, before implementing a dietary intervention, a complete nutritional assessment to detect potential deficits and start treatment whenever necessary, should be done. Whether the body is predisposed to problems or not, my definite opinion is that what we put in our bodies can and does contribute…and even more…can and does heal. There are so many health benefits both for ADHD and overall health. Many people with ADHD have undiagnosed food allergies. Although anti-gliadin antibodies have been reported to be elevated more frequently in NCGS patients than in healthy controls, no reliable biomarker is currently available, and diagnosis confirmation relies on clinical response to a period of exclusion diet GFD followed by gluten challenge .